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Archive for 05/31/2012

Hexen – Being And Nothingness (2012)

From Los Angeles, California melodic thrash band Hexen is about to release their second album. Being and Nothingness, is the new album name which is being released through Pulverised Records. The band first record was State Of Insurgency. Current band line up is  Andre Hartoonian (Vocals & Bass), Guitar Ronny Dorian (Guitar), Tak Arayan (Guitar),  Giovanni Loyola (Drums).
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In This Moment checked in with The Age Of Metal

Last time I saw In This Moment was at the All Stars Tour 2011, and believe me they should it be headlining that event, their set was provocative, raw and very powerful. This time around, last Friday at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale,AZ during one of the last shows of their current tour they owned the place. With a new stage presence due to their new outfits the band aura was darker than ever before, and the chemistry between them was incredible. They play a solid set mixture of their old songs and a handful of new songs from their upcoming album Blood due August 14. And let me tell you, it sounds like their new material is pure TNT, strong and faster that anything In This Moment had tried before.
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Marduk – Serpent Sermon (2012)

It’s always a shame when you listen to a band’s new release, and have to turn it off to listen to an earlier album, while thinking of a happier time before their music changed for the worse. Thankfully, Serpent Sermon is nothing but proof that Marduk’s music has not only stayed consistent, but has something different to offer for each album.  Now 12 albums into their discography, Marduk has managed to create yet another masterpiece with the same dark atmosphere that the band is known for.
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Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist talked with The Age Of Metal

Alissa White-Gluz front woman of Canadian melodic death metal The Agonist has established herself as one of the most popular and talented women in metal in today’s scene. Not only her powerful voice and presence on stage have the ability to reach and capture the heart of the crowd on a packed night at the local venue. Her speech reaches masses out of stage too, as she is very outspoken about being vegan, animal rights & against animal cruelty.
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Chris Hector of AHAB checks in with The Age Of Metal

Funeral doom metal is what the public has categorized the music of AHAB since their beginning back in 2005 when they released their EP The Oath. After that AHAB started their path of success as one of the most important bands on the Funeral doom metal scene by releasing albums like The Call Of The Wretched Sea (2007) and The Divinity Of Oceans (2009). This year the band returns with a new album The Giant.
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Cattle Decapitation – Orpheum Theater. Flagstaff, AZ – 5/22/12

Local bands kicked it off. Death Certificate, Where The Teddy Bears Go To Die and Salvations Lost all made an effort to rock hard for the small Tuesday night crowd.

The stage looked good, all lights and backdrops set properly for the opening acts. Not the case for Cattle Decapitation. Their stage was stripped, the lights were dimmed and as they went into the first song I immediately got the feeling they really just wanted to get the hell out of there. Fast.
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Havok- Point of no Return EP (2012)

From Denver Colorado the thrashers from Havok have a new release which is a 4 track EP that include two originals from the band and two cover song one of  Sepultura & Slayer.  Havok has been around since 2004 and since then has made their impact on the thrash scene.  The bands previous album was “Time is Up,” which was released back in 2011 (CandleLight Records).  Current band line up is  David Sanchez (vocals / Guitars), Jesse De Los Santos  (bass),  Pete Webber ( drums) Reece Scruggs (guitar / Vocals).
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Unisonic – Unisonic (2012)

Many followers of heavy metal have prayed for this union for more than 15 years now (me included), Everyone knows Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen story and relevance in metal history since their time in Helloween back in the early 80′s, and later Kai Hansen‘s work with his own band Gamma Ray. Even though that Michael Kiske step out of the metal scene for more than 10 years. Destiny, chemistry and Avantasia put them on each other’s path once more now with Unisonic.
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Royal Thunder – CVI (2012)

Atlanta’s very own Royal Thunder presents their first full length album CVI (106 in roman numerals). A combination among southern rock, stoner metal and 70′s psychedelic rock. This album has the potential to contend against Graveyard‘s Hesingen Blues or Orange Goblin‘s A Eulogy For The Damned in a cage death match.
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Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica talks Stones Grow Her Name with The Age Of Metal

It’s not doubt that Sonata Arctica is considered one of the greatest power metal bands along with Stratovarius, Hammerfall and Edguy. But their style has moved forward pass the power metal scene during their last two albums to become something more dynamic musically speaking. This year the band is releasing their 7th studio album Stones Grow Her Name, a total different album of what Sonata Arctica has done before, mostly because the simplicity of it which makes it more approachable to people unfamiliar with their music.
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